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Spring 2017-2018
HUM 470 / HIS 230 / ENG 428 (HA)   na, npdf

Interdisciplinary Studies in the Humanities - Witness: History, Memory, and Culture

Martha A. Sandweiss
Esther H. Schor

Witness is a key word for our time, but what does it mean to witness? This course explores how the multiple forms of witness are shaped by--and can in turn shape--history, culture, and policy. We will focus on the holocaust, American slavery, and truth and reconciliation projects in the late 20th century, drawing on the disciplines of religion, history, law, politics, literature, journalism and visual culture. The course includes a trip to the new museum of African-American History and the Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C. to explore how personal and material witness create public conversations about historical events.

Sample reading list:
Levi, Primo, Survival in Auschwitz
Linenthal, Edward, Preserving Memory
Whitehead, Colson, Underground Railroad
Simon, Roger I., A Pedagogy of Witnessing
Jacobs, Harriet, Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
Weschler, Lawrence, A Miracle, A Universe
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
c. 250 pages of readings and/or images, 2 reading responses, posted on Blackboard, 5 pp short paper, due before spring break, 15-20 pp final project, with preliminary deadlines for topic, outlines and draft

Paper in Lieu of Mid Term - 20%
Papers - 15%
Term Paper(s) - 40%
Class/Precept Participation - 25%

Other Requirements:
United States Travel Required
Not Open to Freshmen.

Other information:
Weekend trip to museums in Washington, DC required. Dates TBA.


Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
42420 S01 01:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm W   Friend Center   202   Enrolled:9 Limit:15